William, Kate and Harry launch the Tour de France

Prince Willam, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, gave this year”s Tour de France competitors a royal send-off on Saturday.

The trio stepped out at Harewood House to officially begin the race following its ceremonial start in Leeds city centre.

Despite not joining his parents and uncle on Saturday, however, Prince George was still recognised and gifted with his own mini yellow jersey, the item which identifies the winner of the Tour de France

William, Kate and Harry at the London 2012 Olympics

William, Kate and Harry saw the 22 teams begin the 2,272-mile trip, which will head through the UK, Belgium and Spain before finishing in Paris on 27 July.

For the occasion, the 32-year-old Duchess sported a vibrant green coat and nude heels while William and Harry wore smart trousers and suit jackets.

Following her appearance at Harewood House, Duchess Kate will present a jersey to the winner of the first leg of the race before meeting five athletes supported by SportsAid, a charity she patrons, at the finishing line in Harrogate.

Kate will visit also West Tanfield, a village on the Stage One route.

William, Kate and Harry are all big supports of British cycling. They were there to cheer on Team GB”s men”s sprint team at the London Olympics in 2012, with the Duke and Duchess enthusiastically celebrating together as Sir Chris Hoy and his teammates won gold in a breath-taking race.